What is Freedom of the press day?

This day occurs on May 3rd every year and is acknowledged in order to celebrate freedom of opinion and expression, particularly within the media industry. On this day, we have the opportunity to recognize our rights as people in society. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) reads:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

According to the source, this day is also an opportunity to:

-celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom

-assess the state of press freedom throughout the world

-defend the media from attacks on their independence

-and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty

Freedom of the press day has been celebrated since around 1993, and marks the anniversary of the declaration of Windhoek, which was a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.





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